Author Archives: Lauren Gaylord

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-12-10

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archives, including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!

SAA News

Urge Congress to Save Historic Tax Credit and Oppose Taxes on Graduate Education

SAA Urges FCC to Preserve Existing Net Neutrality Provisions

Ballot Set for 2018 SAA Election

Volunteer to Serve on an SAA Appointed Group
Submit your application by January 19!

2018 SAA Research Forum Call for Participants and Presentations
Abstracts for poster and platform presentations due May 15.

Available Now: Archival Continuing Education (ACE) Guidelines – 2017 Revision

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Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 8

Elizabeth Shulman is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Elizabeth for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

Earlier this month, I attended a day-and-a-half Local History Librarian conference hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conference was generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society which made it free to all attendees. As soon as I learned about the conference through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s partners list-serv, I knew I had to attend. I figured this was at the very least a good way to meet colleagues doing similar work from across the state. The majority of attendees work for public library systems across North Carolina.

The vast majority of the speakers either worked at Wilson Library at UNC or worked for the state government at either the State Library or State Archives. The first two sessions were the type of work being done at Wilson Library and the state agencies. The third was an open forum for participants to discuss their collections and ask questions of other librarians in the room. The question we spent the most time discussing was “How do I get more people to learn about and use my collection?” I ended up talking about my Archival Petting Zoo as well as my efforts to promote the collection on social media. That wrapped up the morning. In the afternoon there were sessions about demographic of users in North Carolina, conservation (which is a struggle for us public librarians), state-level grant applications, and free North Carolina oriented reference resources. The last session was particularly interesting to me as I learned about several digital map resources. I have been getting a lot of map questions lately so it was definitely a helpful resource I’ve passed along to my patrons. The first day of the conference ended with a lovely dinner at the Carolina Inn and a dinner talk about the story food can tell in the archives by the head of the American Studies department at UNC.

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 11

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

As we near the end of the semester, life in the Archives & Special Collections has (thankfully) begun to slow down. Although the students’ schedules are as busy as ever, our office is finally getting a chance to regroup and work on some new projects. With less classes and special events, we’ve been able to focus on preparing for some large projects this spring, revisiting our policies and procedures, and checking in with our students on their projects. Overall, it’s been great to have less events and more unstructured time to work on things that have had to wait on the back burner for a bit.

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Chat with Us Tonight, November 20th

Are you a current archival student or new professional? Please join the SAA Students and New Archives Professionals Section for the next #snaprt Twitter chat on November 20, 2017 at 8 pm ET. This will be the first in a series focused on Archival Fundamentals as outlined by SAA. For this first chat we will revisit appraisal principals!

We welcome everyone to join or keep up with our chat using the #snaprt hashtags on Twitter. The SNAP Section Twitter account will pose questions such as:

  • What are/were some of your biggest fears when faced with appraisal decisions?
  • What are some methods you can use to improve your selection decisions?
  • What unique challenges are presented when appraising digital records?
  • Are you familiar with macro appraisal? In what ways does this theory change traditional appraisal practices?
  • What is the most important thing to remember when making appraisal decisions?

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-11-19

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archives, including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!

SAA News

Join our next #snaprt chat November 20th at 8pm ET!
This will be the first in a series focused on Archival Fundamentals as outlined by SAA. For this first chat we will revisit appraisal principals!

185 Education Session and 20 Poster Proposals were submitted for ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2018
Proposers will be notified of the Committee’s decisions in late January.

The November/December Issue of Archival Outlook Is Here!

Call for Volunteers: SAA Tragedy Response Initiative Task Force
If you are interested in serving, please complete the Task Force Volunteer form by Wednesday, December 6

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#snaprt Chat Flashback: Finding a Job

For the November 9, 2017 #snaprt chat we discussed the professional job search. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their tips and experience! You can read our Storify recap here.

Here some resources that got tweeted out:

And check out articles on the SNAP Blog about job hunting and employment:

Check out our next SNAP Chat on 11/20 about appraisal!

[Ask a Business Archivist]: How Do You Build Your Collection?

This is the seventh post in a collaborative series with the Business Archives Section. You can read all posts from this series here. Have a SNAP-related question for the archivists? Check out our anonymous submission form here.

Ask a Business Archivist Question:

To what extent do you actively seek out particular records to include in your collection? To what extent do particular business records just come to you as a part of a business’s activities? What is your role in building your collection? I guess I’m trying to tease out differences between records management and business archives. I’m a grad student still early on in my program, and am curious about the distinction between various archival roles.

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